Disciplinary Hearing



Request detail: 

The information I request that requires no personal data is the following:

From the disciplinary hearings over the last 10 years (or as far back as possible up to 10 years prior), can the service provide the headline of the proven allegations and the sanction awarded (if any).

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. 

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) electronic records go back as far as 2015, beyond this date it would involve a manual trawl of Employee Personal Records. There are approximately 1,170 Employee Personal Records prior to 2015 and we would have to look at every page to identify the relevant information requested. We estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For public authorities the cost limit is set at £450 (equivalent to 18 hours work). The basis for our calculations are set out below and relate to the retrieval of each record.


Number of records  

Time taken to view each record

Total number of hours to view all records  

Cost per hour  

Total cost  


10 minutes  

195 hours  

£25 per hour  



We have estimated that the cost of locating and extracting the information requested prior to 2015 will exceed this limit and therefore the request for this information is refused under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  If you wish to change or narrow down your request please note that a manual search of these records would still be required.

Records since 2015 are however kept electronically at SFRS – please refer to the attached Excel spreadsheet for the period April 2015 to-date. Please note that regarding to the term “proven” - allegations are put to individuals and the investigation then commences which results in a recommendation for further action. We have included instances in the information provided where the investigation highlighted no need for further action.  The information provided are completed cases.

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can complain or request an internal review of the decision. This must be done within 40 working days of receiving this response. You can do this by writing to the Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2HJ or email: enquiries@shropshirefire.gov.uk

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:   

Information Commissioner's Office   

Wycliffe House   

Water Lane   



SK9 5AF  

Telephone: 0303 123 1113  

Website: www.ico.gov.uk 


Information Released: 



Tuesday, 13 April, 2021


Tuesday, 4 May, 2021